Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul needs to go beyond ‘BS statement’ on Cuomo, GOP chief says
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New York’s lieutenant governor must reveal what she knows about the scandals engulfing Gov. Andrew Cuomo and stop hiding behind a “BS statement,” the leader of New York’s Republican Party said Wednesday.
“Cuomo’s victims are not silent. They are growing louder by the day. Kathy Hochul’s silence, however, is defining,” state Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy said.
During a news conference in Buffalo, where Hochul grew up, Langworthy called on her to say if she was previously aware of any of the misconduct allegations against Cuomo or ever saw him “harass or threaten any employees.”
Langworthy also demanded that Hochul disclose whether she privately objected to the state’s controversial March 25 directive for nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients or knows who was behind the decision to withhold the true nursing home death toll from the disease.
“It’s not good enough to just put a BS statement out that takes the company line from Andrew Cuomo, who is trying to shove that statement down the throat of every single legislative leader that still is in his corner,” Langworthy said.
“And every day Kathy Hochul refuses to come out and answer these questions, makes Kathy Hochul directly complicit in this corrupt administration.”
Hochul — who would become acting governor if Cuomo were impeached or resigns — has issued two prepared statements since the sexual harassment allegations against him began mounting last month.
On Feb. 27, Hochul called for an “independent review” and on Tuesday, she
tweeted her support for the investigation for which Attorney General Letitia James has hired outside lawyers, including former acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim.
“I trust the inquiry to be completed as thoroughly and expeditiously as possible,” Hochul wrote.
“New Yorkers should be confident that through this process they will soon learn the facts.”
Cuomo has pledged to cooperate with the probe and has repeatedly urged the public to “wait for the facts” regarding the allegations against him.
Hochul’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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